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Session 23

Today we will be discussing the idea that our relationships with animals can lead to positive health benefits.

Har’a, walquunamtiin beeyladoota waliin qabnu, fayyaaf faayidaalee gaarii gara argamsiisuutti nu geessuu danda’a yaada jedhurratti mari’anna.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Pet therapy

Look at the Session Vocabulary – make sure you know what these words and phrases mean:

  • llama
  • wellbeing
  • therapy


In a recent U.S. poll by the Harris Corporation, what percentage of people identified their pet as being a member of their family?

a) 30%
b) 60%
c) 90%

Listen to the discussion and find out the answer.

Listen to find the answers. Then check them on the transcript below.

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Yooyyaa! Gara ‘English Together’ Afaan Inglizii waliwajjin kan mata duree tibbanaa irratti mari’annuu fi qooqa dubbachuun si barbaachisan si qoodnutti baga nagana dhufte. Ani Caalii dha, akkasumas Fiilii fi Toom naa waliin jiru.

Hi, I’m Phil! Hello, have you seen Tom? He’s supposed to be recording.                

Lakki, hinargarre. Yeroo kanatti asitti argama ture.

Hi guys, sorry I’m so late.

What’s that?!

This? Her? This is my dog Molly, she’s my good girl, aren't you Molly, yes, hi, hi.

You’ve brought your dog into the studio?!

Well, today we’re talking about being with animals, so I thought it might help us to, you know, get into the mood a little bit.

That’s right! Har’a, waa’ee hidhanni  nuti beeylada waliin qabnu dhiibbaa akkamii fayyaa keenyarratti akka qabu dubbanna. Ittifufuu keenya dura, gaafiin har’aa kunooti. Akka  qorannoo Hariisiin Korporeeshin dhiheenya kana Ameerikaatti tasiseen, namoota dhibbantaa meeqatu, beelada manaasaanii akka miseensa maatiisaaniitti fudhatu jedhame tilmamama?

A) 30%

B) 60%

C) 90%

Well, I have a pet fish, but I don’t know if I’d say it was family. I do like watching it swim, though.

Gaarii, odeessi  har’aa BBC Farming Today irra argame.  Odeessichis, waa’ee qotee bulaa UK tokko beelada gaalaa xiqqa fakkaatuu fi Ilmaas jedhamu waliin deemuun ykn imaluun akkamiin wal’aansaaf akka gargaare ibsa.

News insert
These camel-like creatures originate from South America, but Jacob, Bramble and Joshua live in Old Bolingbroke. They've undergone two years of training at a local community farm, so they're used to people and traffic. And now, Angie Beal from Desired Change says they are helping to improve of health and wellbeing of local walkers.

We deal with a lot of people that may have been in hospital; heart attacks, strokes, operations of different sorts, who want to actually now get fit again. Everybody that comes to us has the opportunity to have their own personal programme written for them. So we can walk anything from five minutes to two hours.

Incredible! It sounds like llamas can actually help us to improve our wellbeing.

Yes! Wellbeing jechuun fayyummaadha. I see how pets can improve our wellbeing, but so can lots of things, such as physical exercises.

Yes, but I suppose in this case the animals are providing treatment to people who already have problems.

Treatment jechuun wal’aansadha. Do you think an animal can really provide treatment in the same way as a doctor?

Well, I don’t think that all problems are treatable with animals although did you know there is actually have a name for using animals as a form of treatment? It’s called Animal-Assisted Therapy!

Therapy jechuun mala wal’aansaati. I still think I would prefer traditional therapy. 

I imagine it’s like in the news story. People take the animals outside for walks, so it encourages them to exercise and get some fresh air.

Yes, I think the idea is that the animals can help us to get back on our feet again once the danger has passed.

You mean help us to stand up?

No, to get back on your feet means to recover!  Kun jechuun dandamachuu jechuundha.

But, in this case, they are doing this by helping people to walk! So I suppose you’re both right.

Also, I think that people might find spending time with animals therapeutic as they don’t get lonely.

Hmm… that makes sense. Therapeutic jechuun kan fayyisu.  I suppose animals are good company, and company is therapeutic. Perhaps it’s better to describe this approach as an ‘alternative therapy’ ‘akka wal’aansa birootti’.

Speaking of company and animals, why don't you tell us the answer to today’s quiz?

Sirrii! Namoota hangamtu beeylada manaa akka miseensa maatiisaaniitti ilaalu ykn fudhatu jenne sigaafannee ture. Deebiinsaa  c) dha. Namoota gaafiifi deebiin irratti hirmaatan keessaa kan %95 caalan akkasitti fudhatu.

Do you feel the same way about Molly, Tom?

Molly? Of course! She’s like my sister! I think it’s impossible to feel stressed with such a beautiful dog around! Isn't it Molly?

‘Stressed’ jechuun dhiphachuu.  But everyone feels stressed out sometimes. I still don’t think we should all bring our dogs to work.

Well, she helps me to destress and she doesn’t cause any problems. She just sits there like a good girl.

Ohhh ! Fiil muuxannoo kana akka ‘therapeutic’ haala fayyisuu waliin daran akka walqabatutti ni hubata jedhee hinamanu. Jechoonni biroon har’a qo’anne kunooti; ‘llamas’ beelyda gaalaa xiqqaa  fakkaatuuu fi Ilmaas jedhamu, ‘welbeing’ fayyummaa, ‘treatment’ wal’aansa, ‘therapy’ mala wal’aansaa ykn mala fayyisu, ‘stress’ dhiphina. Turtii waliin qabaanneef galatoomi; barnoota dabalataa  “English Together”n yeroo ittaanu walitti deebina. 

Meaning & Use

wellbeing (noun)

Wellbeing is a noun which refers to being healthy and having a good quality of life. 
It is important that doctors consider every aspect of patients' wellbeing.
Many companies have started to think about their employees' wellbeing.

treatment (noun)

Treatment is a noun which refers to the actions that medical professionals take to address physical or mental illness.
Antibiotics are a treatment for infections.
The doctor suggested a number of different treatments.

therapeutic (adjective)

If something is therapeutic, then it is beneficial to people's health or general wellbeing.
Researchers tried to develop new drugs which have a greater therapeutic effect.
Walks in the countryside can be very therapeutic - they can help you relax.

alternative therapy (noun)

Alternative therapies are approaches to treatment, which are different to conventional medicine.
Pet therapy is an example of alternative therapy.
Many doctors do not trust alternative therapies like traditional medicine.

to get back on your feet (idiom)

If we say that someone has got back on their feet, we mean that they have recovered from something.
He was feeling ill last week, but it didn't take him long to get back on his feet.
Have a rest, you'll get back on your feet in no time.

stressed (adjective)

If someone feels stressed, they feel a lot of pressure or are very worried about something.
My job is really difficult - it's making me feel stressed.
I don't have enough money at the moment. It's making me feel very stressed.

Pet therapy

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.

Deebii sirrii ta’e fili.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y

Over to you!

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Session Vocabulary

  • llama
    beeylada manaa kan gaalaa fakkaatu



    mala wal’aansaa 

    kan fayyisu

    alternative therapy
    mala wal’aansaa biroo

    to get back on your feet
    dhibee tokkorra dandamachuu